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MacOS Catalina update wrings more life from your MacBook’s battery

Sponsored Links Dana Wollman/Engadget Apple is trying to squeeze more long-term usefulness out of your MacBook’s battery, much like it has with iPhones for a while. It just released a macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update (via 9to5Mac) whose centerpiece battery health management feature aims to extend the lifespan of the power pack. When enabled, the addition …

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Private Firms Can Boost Central Bank Digital Currencies, IMF Official Says

A senior figure at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes a digital currency backed by a central bank would open the door to much greater innovation in retail payments. Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli, the IMF’s deputy division chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, said synthetic CBDCs – digital currencies backed by the liabilities of a …

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IMF Predicts Banks Will Struggle at Least 5 More Years After Global Economy Recovers

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that banks will struggle to generate profits at least five years after the global economy recovers from the coronavirus-led economic crisis. The IMF explained that banks were struggling even before the covid-19 pandemic so their troubles “will extend to at least 2025, well beyond the immediate effects of …

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‘Pokémon Go’ will better blend AR creatures into the real world

Sponsored Links Niantic Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effect has always been a bit underwhelming when critters tend to float in front of objects, but Niantic hopes to make it more immersive. It’s testing a Reality Blending feature that will use newer AR functionality to hide your Buddy Pokémon behind trees and other real-world objects. The …

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ErisX Releases API for Bulk Trading of Bitcoin, Ether

Crypto derivatives platform ErisX said Tuesday it launched an API for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether and litecoin block trading, allowing for bulk trades. The API provides greater integration of the firm’s block trading facility, a service for spot and futures market crypto traders looking to strike private, high-volume deals. This applies to spot trades of at …

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Wallace and Gromit get their first AR story in ‘The Big Fix Up’

Sponsored Links Aardman Animations Over the years, beloved duo Wallace and Gromit have appeared in their share of games. In 2009, for instance, Telltale Games gave the two its classic adventure game treatment. But for the time ever, they’ll star in an augmented reality title. Later this year, Aardman Animations, with help from a group called the Fictioneers and the …

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Samsung’s Exynos 880 delivers 5G speeds to mid-range phones

Sponsored Links Samsung Samsung has unveiled the Exynos 880 processor aimed at mid-range phones that has much of the power of the Exynos 980 announced last year. Built using Samsung’s 8-nanometer FinFET process, it has an identical integrated 5G modem with support for up to 2.55Gbps download speeds and 1.28Gbps uploads. It also packs tech …

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Thailand Turns to Blockchain to Boost Renewable Energy Push

Thailand is teaming up with a blockchain firm to encourage peer-to-peer trading of renewable energy. Announced on Monday, Thai Digital Energy Development (TDED) – a public-private joint venture – has inked a deal with blockchain energy startup Power Ledger to develop a blockchain-based digital energy business. The deal, also in collaboration with energy suppliers in …

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What’s on TV this week: HBO Max, ‘Space Force’ and ‘Uncut Gems’

This week HBO makes its assault on streaming with the new HBO Max service. At launch it will include tons of archival content like the back catalog of Friends, Rick & Morty and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as a fleet of new original shows, movies and specials hoping to get your attention on …

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Goldman Sachs Hosting Bitcoin Call as Institutional Interest in Cryptocurrency Surges

As interest in cryptocurrency grows among institutional investors, global investment banks, like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, are reexamining their views about bitcoin. Goldman Sachs is hosting a call for its clients to learn about the implications of current policies for bitcoin, gold, and inflation. Goldman Sachs’ Bitcoin Call for Clients New York City-headquartered investment …

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